BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
“Seek to understand more than to be understood.” - St. Francis
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this weekend’s message, here are a few suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank God for allowing us to play a part in the mission to repair the fabric of the East Bay. Praise God for the fact that He gives us the church so that we can work side by side with others to accomplish this mission.
- Pray that during our time together, we would be challenged to prioritize our relationship with Jesus and make concrete (and if necessary, significant) changes to our daily rhythms.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Share about an experience you had being led by someone who did not practice what they preached, or about a time you asked others to do something that you yourself were not doing (in a leadership role).
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore the importance of prioritizing our relationship with God.
Open your Bibles together and ask a few people to read the following: Nehemiah 2:17-18 and Nehemiah 3.
- Why is it so important for leaders to get people to work together? Give an example of collaboration you have seen or experienced.
- Read Ephesians 4:11-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. What do these passages teach us about the importance of everyone’s role in the larger body of Christ? In the context of the campus community that you are a part of, how has God been leading you to serve?
- Why is the church most effective when its members are united and working together? What are some obstacles that would prevent people from working together?
- In Nehemiah 3, what is significant about the fact that the Sheep Gate was the first part of the wall to be rebuilt? Given this example, what should we prioritize in the midst of our busy schedules and competing priorities? What is one concrete commitment you can make to prioritize spending time with God - in His word and prayer?
- Pastor Steve made the point that leaders get others to work together by first knowing God and prioritizing accordingly. In your day-to-day life, does God hold the top spot on your list of priorities? If someone were to examine your life, would they be able to see that your personal relationship with God is clearly your #1 priority? If not, what concrete changes can you make to your life so that this starts becoming a reality?
- Can you think of any brokenness that hits close to your home (think of families, friendships, injustices, and hurt right where you are)? Is the brokenness one that you can touch, impact, restore, mend, repair?
Closing Prayer: (5-15 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Let’s pray the prayer that Pastor Steve mentioned in his message: “God, who do you want me to help repair what is broken in their life?”
- Read John 10:14 and Psalm 139. Spend some time praying and reflecting over the amazing truth that God knows you by name - that He knows you completely AND loves you eternally.
CHALLENGE IDEAS FOR THE WEEK
If spending time with God is not yet a regular practice, commit to a regular and consistent time and place to read His word and to pray. Ask a member from your Community Group to be your accountability partner and if at all possible, meet with them so that you can enjoy time with God together!
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP